Color photo of a small room with red carpet and a faux marble table, red curtains, and chairs and a couch with red upholstery.
The Reading Room at the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site.

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The operating hours for the site are Friday - Sunday, from 9 AM to 5 PM, closed noon to 1 PM. When planning a field trip, please remember that the site is closed Monday - Thursday.

Edgar Allan Poe's tumultuous life, haunting poems, and thrilling tales never cease to fascinate readers. More than any other 19th century American author, Edgar Allan Poe's vivid writing thrills students and inspires them to read more. A visit to his Philadelphia home allows students to walk through the rooms that sheltered the author and his family.

Students investigate his life, times, and his multi-faceted literary career during their visit using primary and secondary sources. Educators' achievement goals are met during the visit through an interdisciplinary approach to language arts and history.

Note: Maximum number of 25 students per program. To learn more, go to "Plan a Field Trip".

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

c/o Independence National Historical Park
143 S. 3rd Street

Philadelphia, PA 19106


(215) 965-2305
This phone number rings up the Independence Visitor Center, open 7 days a week. To phone the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site directly, call 215-597-8780, Friday through Sunday from 9am to 12noon, and 1pm to 5pm.

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